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Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development
Far too many teachers report that current professional development offerings are neither relevant nor effective. So, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contracted with the Boston Consulting Group in 2014 to reach more than 1,300 teachers, professional development leaders, principals, professional development providers, and thought leaders through a series of surveys and interviews. Here’s what we learned.
From leading Australian researcher Ben Jensen, the new report Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High-Performing Systems analyzes the way four high-performing systems provide professional learning to their teachers.
When teachers have access to powerful professional learning opportunities, their students learn more, too. That’s not surprising—we know that great teaching can have an invaluable impact on a child’s life. But for many teachers, professional development continues to fall well short of expectations.
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